4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 26, 2012 8:55 PM by Rob de Jonge
Rob de Jonge Level 3 Level 3 (510 points)

The bottom of the Thunderbolt Display has speakers and (I think) also air intake to cool the inside of the display.


Does anyone have any documentation as to what the minimum distance should be to the desk surface? Can it be 1cm above the desk, or does the bottom need to be 10cm above the desk surface?

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • Wormser17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    First, I'll point you towards the Thunderbolt Display manual.


    Second, with a stand-mounted display, basic reasoning indicates that the distance between the display's "bottom edge" and the surface of a desk is equal to the gap between the "bottom edge" and the part of the stand that rests on a desk.


    Are you asking because you plan to mount the display somehow; mount it in a confined area?


    If not, this question is revealing.

  • Rob de Jonge Level 3 Level 3 (510 points)

    Thanks for your response.


    Let me clarify --- yes, I am looking to mount it somehow in a relatively confined area. And  I would like the profile to be as low as possible, so I can look over the edge of the screen. Ideally, I would lower it all the way down onto the desk. But that would inhibit the ability for cool air to be pulled in - which I believe happens through the bottom.

  • Smudge Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

    As I detailed in my reply to your other post, I have mine pretty much all the way to the desk and haven't had any problems.  The display doesn't have a fan so it isn't active intake of air from the bottom.  There isn't a top vent so it is just for some heat/air to passively escape.  The speakers are also down there but with the 1/4" space I have is plenty for the general sound to get out and the air to get in.  If I want it to sound a bit better, I just lift it up about an inch.

  • Rob de Jonge Level 3 Level 3 (510 points)

    Having it up an inch from the desk may not be required, but it sure does help the sound. I now have my screen mounted hovering an inch above the desk surface and have found that not only does it help the sound but it also allows for me to move the keyboard and mouse to slide under it if I want the desk space AND it helps in some cases to have the space to let a cable through.